Sailing amid an awe inspiring scenery of fjords and glaciers you pass by the world’s largest national park and see the birthplace of Greenland’s giant icebergs.
With a few days to explore Spitsbergen, the largest island in Svalbard, you may reach as far as 81˚ North and visit the walrus sanctuary at Moffen Island, where these tusked creatures are often seen hauled out on shore or swimming in the protected waters.
The stunning Monaco Glacier and 14th of July Glacier lie on your route, and there is an opportunity to land at one of the world’s northernmost settlements, the research station at Ny Alesund.
One or two trips each year are designated as polar diving trips and welcome appropriately trained divers for a supplement.
There are other trips available throughout the season. Contact us for further details.
Embark Lonyearbyen. Spitsbergen
Embark and sail down Isfjorden, flanked by bird cliffs, vast glaciers and jagged mountains.
Sail up Spitsbergen’s west coast
Spitsbergen’s northwest coast features calving icebergs, historic whaling stations and trappers’ camps. Reindeer roam the tundra, and from zodiacs you will gain fantastic views of ice cliffs, including Monacobreen, one of Spitsbergen’s largest glaciers. In the north, there’s a good chance of seeing walrus – and possibly even polar bears – on the pack ice.
Head south-east along the Greenland Sea
Cross the Greenland Sea, searching for fin and beluga whales. If conditions permit, land on Greenland’s northeast coast – this region is home to polar bear, walrus, Arctic hare and musk ox.
If conditions permit, attempt to reach Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord and Scoresby Sund
Visit Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oskar Fjords, and Scoresbysund, the world’s biggest fjord – see vast glaciers and icebergs, some 30 metres high.
Explore the east coast of Greenland
Sail south along the Blosseville Coast, searching for musk ox and narwhals.
Cross Denmark Strait
Sail across Denmark Strait towards Iceland; spot northern fulmars, black-backed gulls, dolphins and orcas.
Disembark at Keflavik, Iceland
Disembark in Isafjordur, a fishing town in Iceland’s northwest. After breakfast, catch a flight to Reykjavik.
You should note: Guide price excludes flights. Supplement for diving approx £350.